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Vector or Rage

Discussion in 'RS General Talk' started by Lebowski, Nov 1, 2018.


  1. Lebowski

    Lebowski Newbie

    Messages:
    13
    Country:
    USA
    Snowmobile:
    2016 Viper RTX SE
    Hey everyone, just getting back into the sport and am considering the sleds listed in the header. Just wondering if there are advantages to one over the other, and if there are certain model years to avoid, or seek out, in both sleds? 90% of my riding would be on groomed trails here in Michigan? Thanks for any advice you can provide.
     
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  3. DGZRT

    DGZRT VIP Member VIP Member

    Messages:
    796
    Location:
    Stevens Point Wisconsin
    Country:
    USA
    Snowmobile:
    2009 Vector LTX, 08 Vector shorty, 98 XTC 500 & 600
    2008 and up Vector had the Apex body style much better.
    LTX would be a 136" in those years and a mono shock . Road fantastic when setup properly
    08/09 had carburetors.

    If you can afford to move to a 2010 Vector you get a Reworked rear suspension Mono 2 , Fuel injection, better gauges.
    2012 started the power steering.
     
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  4. DGZRT

    DGZRT VIP Member VIP Member

    Messages:
    796
    Location:
    Stevens Point Wisconsin
    Country:
    USA
    Snowmobile:
    2009 Vector LTX, 08 Vector shorty, 98 XTC 500 & 600
    Vector on a budget
    I would find a 2008 shorty and add the following parts
    Snow Trackers for Carbides on stock skis . Once you have used them you will never go back .
    https://ty4stroke.com/threads/what-is-every-one-doing-for-mods-this-summer.149131/
    Raise the seat up 2" and add a 2" riser to the Handle bars.
    Get the Barn of parts Dual rate spring for the rear Mono shock. Makes it ride so much better.
    Try and find a sled with the front clicker shocks and have them refreshed .
    Add a Garmin Nuvi 255W GPS ( can find them on Ebay for 20$ ) buy a Ram mount for 20$, Purchase VV mapping or Red pine mapping SD card.
    You can have the whole setup for 75.00$

    For not much money you would have a nice touring sled that is bullet proof and comfy
     
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  5. TOMBOB

    TOMBOB VIP Member VIP Member

    Messages:
    446
    Location:
    Saranac,Michigan.
    Country:
    USA
    Snowmobile:
    2006 VECTOR GT
    Go one step farther get a 2006 or up Apex. Once you ride a Apex the rest does not make sence. $3000-+/-
     
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  6. Komo

    Komo Veteran

    Messages:
    27
    Location:
    New London Wi
    Country:
    USA
    Snowmobile:
    2011 Yamaha Venture
    If it’s a Yamaha 4 stroke you’ll be happy!
     
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  7. Redbeard

    Redbeard Formerly Northernsledder Lifetime VIP Member VIP Member

    Messages:
    1,579
    Location:
    IN
    Country:
    USA
    Snowmobile:
    2012 Apex 136 M20
    2008 Vector 136 M20
    2004 RX Warrior
    1995 Vmax 4 800
    1995 Vmax 600 LE
    1995 Ovation 340 LE
    Agree on 2008 + Vector! IMO, the Vectors are an underappreciated snowmobile. While the Vectors don't have the long legs of an Apex, they really don't have to take a back seat on performance. It's all relative to your riding style and what you expect from a snowmobile.

    As mentioned above, 2012 + Vector, with EPS, would be icing on the cake.
     
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  8. Lebowski

    Lebowski Newbie

    Messages:
    13
    Country:
    USA
    Snowmobile:
    2016 Viper RTX SE
    Thanks for the advice folks. Gave me some good info.
     

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